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Riverdale – The Blackboard Jungle (2×10)

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There’s no shortage of creepy men in Riverdale.

The Black Hood was just the tip of the iceberg, apparently.

The winter premiere brought FBI Agent Adams to the small town who was set on taking down the big, bad Hiram Lodge. Honestly, I would make a more compelling agent with my name written on the back of my Target receipt but whatever.

Archie was hesitant at first but agreed to help this man out without so much as Googling him. All because the man promised to keep his father and Ronnie safe in the takedown.

Archie’s first mission as a “secret agent” was to find out if Hiram Lodge was behind Nick St. Claire’s brutal ski-accident.

He goes to New York under the guise that he’s getting Cheryl another check for her “troubles” aka the attempted rape. Except Nick reads right through Archie and begins to taunt him. Needless to say, he can now add a broken nose to his list of injuries.

Almost immediately, Veronica finds out about her BF’s secret shenanigans. Archie blurts out that it was because he wanted Nick to suffer for what he did to her and Cheryl, thus revealing that he knew that she was almost a victim.

Before he can explain himself, Cheryl interjects and takes full responsibility. She claims that Archie did it because she asked him too and of course, Veronica lets it go.

That is until her girlfriend’s intuition leads her to believe that Archie is hiding something, which she’s right about. He really is a terrible liar, isn’t he? Instead of telling her the truth — that he’s working with the FBI on an epic takedown of her criminal father — he confesses to kissing Betty. (They were on a BREAK!)

Veronica is disgusted and a little hurt; that’s her best friend after all. And a best friend who was very open about her feelings for Archie. But she forgives him because he’s honest and that’s something she’s not used to in the Lodge family. Or at least, she thinks he’s honest.

Arche is harboring a dangerous secret if the FBI agent is real. But something tells me, homie is a figment of Archie’s imagination. It was believable up until the agent revealed that he knew all about Black Hood because he was following Archie for quite some time. You’re telling me I’m supposed to believe that a federal agent saw Archie almost get buried alive and didn’t intervene or report it to the authorities? Yeah, okay. Archie is slowly losing it and it’s probably because he, like all of us, know that Svenson was not their man; he was simply a victim just like they all are. Oh, Arch.

Veronica can’t even be mad at Archie for lying because she’s not being truthful about anything. In fact, she’s just as bad as her parents are because she’s “in” on the family business now and promised to smooth the transition of Serpents from Southside High to Riverdale after their school closed down.

Ronnie knew that all hell would break out when both sides would be forced into classrooms together, but she was fine with it as long as her parents could seize the property under the school and Mayor McCoy could gain control of the Southside. Not ot mention line her pockets with reelections money from the Lodges. Veronica is really no better, no less corrupt than Hiram. When Archie begins to dig deeper into the family, their relationship will falter because he’ll realize that there’s a whole side of Veronica, a whole Lodge persona, that he wasn’t aware of.

The Serpents in Riverdale-branded clothing is definitely a sight. I’m surprised by how easy it was for Toni, Fangs and Sweet Pea to conform and how conflicted Jughead was by it all, considering he’s the newest member, a former student and the only one with friends here.

He made such a big deal about “shedding his skin” when everyone else was fine with taking the coats off during school hours. I guess it makes sense when you realize that Juggy finally feels like he has a family with the Serpents and doesn’t want that threatened, especially by the likes of Cheryl, Reggie, and the coterie.

However, if longtime members are fine with it, maybe he should just let up. I can’t wait to see what his secret club brings.

Betty never seems to learn. Like series said, she traded in one monster for another… and this one, she’s letting sleep in her house. I don’t know why no one stopped her from finding Chick and simply said, “hey, this seems like a terrible idea.” Replacing one sibling with a long-lost one is like asking for trouble.

We always thought Polly was weird, especially after she gave birth to her cousin’s (Jason’s) babies on a farm and named them Juniper and Dogwood, after trees. But Chick is on a whole new level.

First of all, he’s definitely not Hal’s child, which is why Hal refused to allow Alice and Betty to see him. Second, he lives in a ragged motel because he never got adopted from the Sister’s. Why on earth did Alice expect a big and warm welcome from a son who probably led a terrible and lonely life? Newsflash: he probably hates you.

And then we find out his job is fantasy fulfillment. What is that even? Porn. THEN, Betty decides to give him another chance and finds him getting beat up by what I thought was the motel receptionist. He’s clearly into some dark and twisted things.

So of course, Betty decides to bring him home and seek help from her parents. And no one even bats an eyelash about letting some stranger sleep in their house. Look, if it was me, I’d be sleeping with one eye open but nope, there’s Betty sleeping, blissfully unaware that her psycho brother is just watching her. I mean, she’s the girl in the scary movies that says “hello” when she hears a sound in the basement. Don’t be that girl Betty.

Cheryl continues to provide the mean-girl antics, but also, the hilarity on the series. To pay off all of Cheryl’s Christmas debt, her mother becomes a “male companion,” much to her daughter’s disgust. And she thoroughly enjoys it. This might be the best thing that even happened to Mrs. Blossom. And the worst to Cheryl.

With everything that’s going on, it’s hard to remember the town as tormented by a hooded figure, but it was and it still is. Who is the Black Hood? When will he strike again?

What do you think Chick’s deal is? Will he assimilate into the Cooper lifestyle? Or is he going to get revenge? Is he jealous that Betty was never put up for adoption? Will Polly’s weird ass ever come home? Is Archie losing it? Is Veronica going to be the next Lodge felon in the family?


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‘Riverdale’ Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially A Couple Again

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Riverdale Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially Back Together

By LINDSAY WEINBERG 

Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are officially giving it another go.

The Riverdale co-stars, who broke up in the fall of 2019, are dating once again, a source close to the TV show exclusively tells E! News. 

“The break was nice for them and they reconnected on set of Riverdale,” the source reveals.

How did their makeup come to be? According to the insider, “Being around all of their mutual friends and hanging out together often made them realize they still have a strong connection and chemistry.”

The source adds, “They care a lot about each other and have a bond from filming together for so many hours each day.”  

They’re in no rush to get serious, with the source saying, “It’s going well and they aren’t putting too much stress on the relationship.”

The cast of Riverdale reunited in Canada in the fall to resume filming after the pandemic. At the time, Camila was dating Grayson Vaughan (even kissing him goodbye on the tarmac before taking off).

However, she split with the photographer about four months ago, with a separate source noting that the travel ban did not make their long distance relationship “easy.” The second insider shared, “There was no drama at all, and they are still friends. Their relationship just ran its course.” 

That breakup seems to have made room for a take two with Charles, who plays the Reggie to her Veronica. 

Last week, Camila, 26, and Charles, 30, were spotted on a night out with their co-star Cole Sprouse, his brother Dylan Sprouseand model Stella Maxwell. On June 4, the group was seen dining at the French restaurant La Poubelle Bistro in L.A., where Charles had his arm around Cami. The couple left together in his car, clueing fans in to their new romance.

Cami and Charles originally started dating back in 2018, but took a break the next year. At the time, a separate source explained, “Their relationship escalated very quickly and they are taking time now to focus on their work and themselves.”

She later acted in Palm SpringsDangerous Lies and Daby Day, while he appeared in Bad Boys For LifeMainstream and, soon, American Horror Stories.

Their busy work schedules put “pressure” on the relationship, with lots of “ups and downs,” per the third insider.

Now, it seems, they’re older, wiser and ready to dive back in.

E! News has reached out to their reps for comment.

Watch a brand new episode of Nightly Pop Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m., only on E!

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‘Riverdale’s KJ Apa Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Clara Berry

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KJ Apa is going to be a father. 

The actor, best known for playing Archie Andrews in the hit TV series Riverdale, is expecting his first child with girlfriend Clara Berry.

The 23-year-old made the announcement on Instagram with a photo showing the 27-year-old’s baby bump.

Berry then confirmed the pregnancy by sharing several maternity photos

Apa commented: “she’s pregnant btw,” to which Berry responded, “We are ❤️.”

Apa’s co-star, Vanessa Morgan, who recently welcomed son River, commented: “Rivers soon to be bestie ♥️”

Congrats to the parents-to-be. 


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Riverdale Midseason Finale Review – The Pincushion Man (5×10)

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I wish I had some maple mushrooms cause maybe then I’d be able to make sense of what transpired on the midseason finale of Riverdale

Things just keep getting weirder and weirder on this series for absolutely no reason, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t tune in solely to see how absurd things get.

Everyone made some pretty questionable choices during “The Pincushion Man,” which, much to my surprise, is not the name of a new serial killer in town. 

Honestly, the only one who made any reasonable decisions was Archie, who stood up against his General and refused to follow a direct order opting to go with his instinct instead. 

It helped that a reporter for the New York Times made him aware that the mission, which General Taylor wanted to celebrate him for, may have been dirty. 

Once he informed Taylor that he would not accept the Silver Eagle medal, Taylor’s true colors came to the surface as he threatened to make Archie a scapegoat.

Archie stood his ground and said that he was at peace with his decision, even if it meant he had to go in front of a judge and relive the experience.

Archie has faced off against Hiram Lodge on several occasions, so he’s definitely not intimidated by a General. 

In fact, they’re still dealing with Hiram’s wrath as he purposefully freed all of his inmates to cause havoc in Riverdale. He really just cannot let it go. 

At least now we know why Hiram is so hellbent on destroying his former hometown (aside from the fact that he just enjoys it) — he’s after palladium, a precious rare metal that’s more than gold. 

Releasing the inmates interrupted parent-teacher night, and it’s shocking that Riverdale High still has any students enrolled. Then again, Professor Weatherbee said wanted to show the parents that they could protect the kids, and Archie delivered by singlehandedly taking on the inmates.

Two unexpected visitors from the prison — Charles and Chic — also crashed Juniper and Dagwood’s birthday party for absolutely no reason, and the whole thing was kind of bizarre.

Betty and Alice didn’t call the police because, in case you forgot, Riverdale only has a Sheriff who was nowhere to be found while the town was being overrun by criminals, but that’s beside the point. 

The weirdest part was that Alice was accommodating of her guests and still seems to care about Charles despite all the pain he’s caused the family. Plus, she was devastated when she shot him in self-defense. Why? I understand that he’s her son, but stop being naive and putting your family in danger, Alice! What a blindspot! 

I think Chic is finally dead, but I can’t confirm that. 

And the twins definitely have some kind of serial killer gene coursing through their veins. They didn’t even feel remorse for hurting their classmate. The smiles on their faces were beyond creepy. 

I’m glad Betty stood up for them and didn’t allow Juniper to stab Glen because it could’ve triggered something. 

I don’t really understand why Betty gave Glen another chance, almost as much as I can’t comprehend why Veronica would allow herself to get wooed by Chad one last time, but I guess the heart wants what it wants?

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They both realized the error of their ways almost immediately. Glen revealed that he was more into examining Betty’s family and their predisposition to murder than actually solving Polly’s disappearance and the case of the missing girls along the Lonely Highway. 

This man didn’t see an issue with using his girlfriend’s toxic family for his dissertation! 

I hope this is the last we’ve seen of him.

Betty connected her father Hal aka the Black Hood to “Nedslist,” which is how women and truckers get hooked up on the Lonely Highway. Do the murders have something to do with him? Or was that just Glen’s attempt at learning more about her family history?

As for Veronica, she fell into the “one last night” magic when she visited Chad only to learn the next morning that he wasn’t interested in giving her a divorce and used her jewelry business for some bad investments that caused them to go into debt. 

Additionally, he threatened to testify against her if they divorced and blame her for all the dirty deals, which basically backed Veronica into a corner. 

Again, why would Veronica trust a man who openly blackmailed her with photos of her and Archie? He’s clearly a master manipulator and was never going to let her off the hook that easily. 

Ladies, get it together!

Even worse than hooking up with the husband that you plan on divorcing is cheating on your current boyfriend.

And Jughead… well, he was on quite a trip with those psychedelic mushrooms.

Though Tabitha was initially hesitant to babysit him while he took them, she eventually agreed to do it when she realized he wouldn’t change his mind.

However, she probably should’ve stuck around the whole time. 

Jughead successfully wrote his novel, which was the goal all along, but everything that transpired while he was high was quite a mess.

He hallucinated his ex Jess before having an intense experience with Betty who kept apologizing for the pain she caused him senior year. That paired with Jughead’s confession to Tabitha that he isn’t ready for a relationship cause he never moved on from his breakup with Betty was definitely enough to give Bughead fans hope for the future. And I can’t say I’m not happy that the series won’t be using Tabitha as a tool to reunite Jughead and Betty.

That is if Jughead survives. When Tabitha returned at some point during his drug-induced trip, she found the bunker covered in blood and Jughead nowhere to be found.

It’s unclear what, if anything, Jughead hallucinated was real, but there was a whirring sound that indicated he had an encounter with the mothmen.

Did they abduct him? Did he try to search for them?

Moral of the story: drugs are bad kids.

Hiram didn’t just stir up trouble at Riverdale High, he also tasked Reggie with getting the maple groves from the Blossom family. Apparently, the palladium is nestled right under the trees. 

Nana Rose was all too willing to sell because of the Blossom curse, but Cheryl basically said: “over my dead body.”

So, Reggie went to the extremes and set the groves on fire. We thought Reggie was on the right path when he turned on Hiram and supported the Bulldogs in the previous episode, but he’s right back at being Hiram’s lackey again. 

Penelope, who also broke out of prison, explained that they needed to call upon the wind to redirect the fire, and after they prayed to their satanic altar, a windstorm appeared and spared at least half of the groves. 

Riverdale always does this weird thing where it tries to dabble in the supernatural but never fully crosses the line into that world. It’s annoying. Either you’re embracing the magic or you aren’t. You can’t have it both ways! 

Other Midseason Musings

  • Min-Min and Cheryl are definitely over, right? Minerva had the right idea when she made a break for it because I have no doubt Nana Blossom would try to sacrifice her. 
  • Kevin Keller with a blade? It was a look. 
  • Toni’s absence was explained as bed rest due to pregnancy. I’ll let it slide simply because the series has made it a priority to integrate her into more episodes, and we know she was actually pregnant so maybe she really needed the break. 
  • Betty is now taking Polly’s case into her own hands, but what’s her plan? Is she going to drive the truck and look for clues?

What did you think of the midseason finale of Riverdale? Let us know in the comments below!


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